July 27, 2017
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is thrilled to announce participation in Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. As part of the Getty led initiative, LAMA will present a selection of works by Emerson Woelffer from his time living and working in the Yucatán. Woelffer was born on this day in 1914 and in honor of his birthday, and to celebrate the forthcoming show, LAMA invites you to read further on one of Southern California’s most influential artists and educators.
April 26, 2016
A self-described “abstract surrealist,” the painter, collagist, and teacher Emerson Woelffer was in many ways the very ideal of a postwar American artist. His distinctive style of Abstract Expressionism was inflected by his many and varied interests and experiences. Certainly one of Woelffer’s most enduring legacies is the inspiration he gave his students. When Woelffer came to Los Angeles in the 1960s he became a mentor to an impressive roster of devoted students at the Chouinard Institute that included Larry Bell, Ed Ruscha, Joe Goode, and Charles Arnoldi. His work was shaped, too, by his move to Southern California, which prompted a discernable shift to bolder, brighter colors in his paintings.